Saturday, February 7, 2015

REVIEW - MAYHEM (Mayhem #1) by Jamie Shaw:

TITLE: Mayhem
SERIES: Mayhem
AUTHOR: Jamie Shaw
AGE GROUP: New Adult
GENRE: Rocker Romance
RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2015
PUBLISHER: Avon Impulse
FORMAT: eBook and Paperback
PAGES: Approx. 28

RATING: 4 Stars

When college freshman Rowan Michaels meets gorgeous, up-and-coming rock star Adam Everest, she knows a player like him is the last thing she needs after her ex-boyfriend shattered her heart. But she can't stop thinking about the kiss they shared on his tour bus.

On the first day of school, Rowan is stunned when Adam saunters into her French class. He's soon failing miserably, and, on a whim, she offers to tutor him. But Adam doesn't recognize her as a makeup-free, glasses-clad college student—a far cry from the beautiful, mysterious "Peach" he met at his concert.

During a wild weekend on tour with the band, Rowan can't help falling for the sweet guy buried beneath Adam's rocker persona. Yet she knows she could never compete with the girls constantly throwing themselves at his feet. She'd just end up hurt … again.

Peach is all Adam thinks about, though, and when Rowan realizes this, she has a decision to make: stay just friends to protect her fragile heart … or reveal the truth about the night they met and admit she's fallen completely, hopelessly in love with him. 

4 “Adam freaking EVEREST, I Heart You” Stars!
Playboy Rocker and the Innocent Nerd Girl. Two Different Worlds, One Incredible Love! 

The Review: 
I absolutely adored this read. This is Jamie Shaw’s debut novel and It. Was. Wonderful!

The story wasn’t to terribly original, as we’ve seen this scenario many times before, but the author’s clever writing, witty dialogue and wonderful character creating overshadow any rehash in storyline. 

I couldn’t get enough of her characters. Adam is the quintessential bad-boy/man whore and Rowan is the innocent nerd girl with a sex-kitten hidden behind the glasses. The author does a terrific job towing the line between bad-boy rocker with a sweet side and player. 

Adam lives his life on his own terms, not doing anything he doesn't want to do and he’s predictably against any type of commitment. The moment he meets “Peach” crying on the stoop outside Mayhem, she takes him by surprise because she’s not like all the other girls. And that night lives in infamy as Peach disappears into the night.

Rowen is devastated the night she meets Adam but his saucy charm helps her past the most devastating thing that’s ever happened to her. But even as he’s inviting her to his bed, she knows that’s not the answer and disappears into the night, only to see him again in the most unexpected place. Quiet obsession ensues, until she finds the opportunity to help him like he helped her that night. 

Their connection is sweet and definitely on the friends side but you can certainly see the spark. I loved the slow built and Ro’s innocent wasn’t overly obnoxious. In fact, it fit her circumstances perfectly. She was spunky and vibrant and her character stood out. I loved her no-nonsense style and I enjoyed her frankness. When she once again meets up with Adam after that night, she hides who she is and hides her heart from more heartbreak. I get why she did the things she did and I was cheering her on to get the happiness she deserved.

Adam and Rowan were a lot of fun. Their banter back and forth was playful and made me laugh more than once.

The Wrap Up: 
This story was great. I stayed up all night reading and simply couldn't put it down. There was just enough angst to keep me happy, the writing was amazing, the characters were fascinating and I totally got butterflies in a few places! I especially loved the BFF’s and the little side stories going on. The entire band won me over and I can’t wait for their stories.

And that ending... it left me with a HUGE grin on my face and couldn’t have been more perfect. This might have been my first book by this author, but it’s certainly not my last! Well done Jamie Shaw!

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